Skill Study: Post Centers

In part one of our Skill Study series, I look at up-and-coming import post players. Clips represent performance — the good and the bad. We’re not cherry-picking. Gavin Ware (5.0, 24.0 years, 206cm, class of 2016, Levallois Metropolitans) Post Player Type: Power, deep position, finishing An animal. Establishes deep position, knocks defenders off balance, tremendous finisher with either hand. Good... Read more

Notebook: EuroCup Opening Day Review

Finally Euro Ball is fully invested into the streaming era and we have EuroCup in our Euroleague.TV packages now.  And this enabled a day of sitting around, watching as much EuroCup as possible and writing notes.  Was able to watch Lokomitov Kuban vs. Limoges, Trento vs. Asvel, Lietuvos Rytas vs. Bilbao, and the 2nd half of Unics Kazan vs. Andorra. ... Read more

Early Look Notebook (FIBA BCL Qualifiers): Wing Creators

The FIBA BCL Qualifiers have been a interesting couple weeks of intense basketball. You don’t want to judge or praise too early. It’s a long season. But these QF game really had teams battling to get that BCL payday, it was fierce competition. There was of course a lot of sloppy play and miscommunication that comes with any early season... Read more

Notebook: Preseason Standouts

Lucio Redivo (1.7, Bilbao) At 183 cm and average athleticism, Redivo’s physical appearance doesn’t blow you away (similar to e.g. Bruno Fitipaldo), but the former Weber Bahia guard is a microwave scorer who’s been burning nets in ACB preseason, dropping 26 points on Zaragoza on his debut, 18 on Obradoiro, 24 on Joventut and 24 on Hapoel Jerusalem while finishing... Read more

Making The Jump Part III: Champions League Come Up

I’m doing a series of these Making The Jump articles with the focus on players moving up in level.  And with an extra focus on rookie, D-League, or NBA players making their first foray into Europe and players heading into their second or third season in Europe who are on the rise. Part I: Euroleague Part II: Eurocup And now... Read more

Making The Jump Part II: Hello Eurocup

Will do a series of these Making The Jump articles with the focus on players moving up in level.  And with an extra focus on rookie, D-League, or NBA players making their first foray into Europe.  The first edition focused on the Euroleague and now it’s time to dive into the new Eurocup Players. Robert Carter Jr: Enel Brindisi to... Read more

Making The Jump Part I: Welcome To The Euroleague

Will do a series of these Making The Jump articles with the focus on players moving up in level.  And with an extra focus on rookie, D-League, or NBA players making their first foray into Europe.  The first edition will focus on the Euroleague’s new blood. Jason Thompson: Shandong Golden Stars to Fenerbahce After canvassing the CBA last season for... Read more

Euro Trip Journal: Legadue Playoff Duos

The playoffs in the Italian 2nd division have been hot and passionate per usual. After attending four games, two in the quarters and two in the semi’s, here are some observations about the different ways to go about building the team with the two import players.  Of course budget, the positions you have strong Italians on, fit with coach and... Read more

Top Year One/Two Imports in Serie A2

The two-imports league Serie A2 is a common rookie/sophomore destination and has frequently served as a trampoline for prospects (though not limited to). This rookie/sophomore list doesn’t include Jalen Reynolds, who joined Reggio Emilia mid-season. John Brown The undersized interior player (as a position, not Brown specifically) has been the basketball community’s wet dream ever since Kyle Hines took Europe by... Read more